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Old 03-04-2010, 05:54 AM   #1
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Question Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp

Okay guys I'm intending on getting one of the most charismatic little guys in the reefs. Now I've been doing my reading like a good little boy and am wondering about whats being said about how many you should keep. Several places have said keep 2-3 cause then you'll see more activity and they won't be shy but others say one is just fine and they will still do everything just normal. Now in America they cost like $20-$30 on the internet. Here in Aus, I can't get them on the internet and the LFS gets them 4-5 in every month. They cost (brace yourselves) $110 AUD each. So, yeah, if I don't need 2, I AIN'T GETTING TWO! So yeah, experience, knowledge, please educate me.
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I'd think one in a 28g tank will be fine especially at that price. Acclimate properly. Would hate to see you lose a $110 shrimp. Heck, if he's too shy, mortgage the home and get 1 or 2 more.
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You can definitely get away with just having one. He'll still do his thing and once he gets used to you being around, when you put your hand in, he'll swim up to it and start trying to clean you. Feels really weird lol.
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$110 AUD, isn't that just $15.00's American......Just kidding. One would work out just fine. Slow acclimate as AustinDad stated and you should be fine...
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How much is $110 AUD in American dollars anyway?
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Holy smoke. Why are those things so expensive down there?

One in a tank - especially a 28g - will be just fine. I have one in my 46g, and have never even thought of putting another one in. I have a hard enough time keeping one away from my LPS when I spot feed them - I can't imagine trying to deal with two!

Yes... just one will be lively, outgoing, and a general pest! But still a really fun addition!
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New business idea!!!!! Shipping shrimp to Australia. Need to buy my own plane equipped with fish tanks. I'll call it AirLFS.
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New business idea!!!!! Shipping shrimp to Australia. Need to buy my own plane equipped with fish tanks. I'll call it AirLFS.

I'll be you aircraft mechanic! Make it a seaplane and we can cut out the supplier!
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